The Flooring Contractors Association (FCICA) will provide educational opportunities lead by industry professionals at its Mid-Year Meeting—Working Together is Success, taking place Oct. 4 through 6 in Las Vegas.

Leading up to the educational sessions, attendees will have the opportunity to contribute to the commercial floor covering industry by attending committee meetings on Oct. 4 and sharing their expertise and knowledge while discussing industry topics and future initiatives of the association. On Oct. 5, FCICA will host a contractor only networking breakfast as well as an associates meeting with breakfast. These meetings will provide participants with time to network and learn from their peers. In the afternoon, all attendees will enjoy an exclusive tour of the Carpenters International Training Center and reception.

Thursday, Oct. 6 is devoted to education, according to organizers. The day will kick off with the educational session, Winning Strategies for a Successful Relationship with General Contractors. This panel discussion will be moderated by Mike Newberry of Inside Edge Commercial Interior Services and the panelists include J.R. Allred of Dalton Carpet One Commercial Floors; Barkley Richey of Skanska Corp.; Garrett Maki of Master Craft Floor and Jason Maxwell of McCarthy Building Cos. Discussions will include: What does it take to develop a successful working relationship between flooring contractors and general contractors? How do you cultivate a win-win business partnership? Get the answers to these questions and many more in this interactive session between flooring contractors and the GCs they work closely with. The panel discussion will conclude with a Q&A session.

The second educational session is Associates: What’s New With You! Learn about the latest and greatest products, services and solutions FCICA platinum members are offering for commercial flooring installers, according to organizers. Presenters include Aramsco, Ardex Americas, Capri cork, Flexco, INSTALL, Koster American Corp., MAPEI Corp., RFMS, Roppe, Royal Adhesives & Sealants, Schönox HPS North America, Tarkett, TEC/HB Fuller Construction Products, UFloor Systems and Wagner Meters.

Following a networking lunch, attendees will learn about Best Practices In Health Care Construction, presented by Tom Lutz of INSTALL Michigan. Lutz stresses the importance of workforce training by discussing how effective infection control programs are comprehensive and require a broad institutional commitment. He will teach you how to analyze an infection control risk assessment to determine the work type, patient risk and work classification for a construction project and identify the means and methods to ensure compliance with the infectious control risk assessment precautions. This session will conclude with an interactive Q&A segment.

The final educational session is Working Together Across Generations. This panel discussion will be moderated by Graham Capobianco of Roppe Holding Co. and the panelists include Amy Johnston of Flooring Services; Pat Kelly of Synergy Flooring; Jim Motter of Floor Connection; Amanda Newberry of Ardex; Daniel Ortiz-Bacon of Allstate Floors and Construction and Jeff Sankiewicz of Inside Edge Commercial Interior Services. In today’s workforce, it is not unusual to have life and work experiences that span across an 18, a 30, a 45 and a 65 year old. In this session, attendees will focus on how it relates to the flooring industry and the unique challenges it creates.

Attendees of the Mid-Year Meeting will have ample time to network as well as learn from leaders in their field. Plus, those working on their Certified Installation Manager (CIM) continuing education credits (CEU’s), will have an opportunity to earn a total of five credits for attending all educational sessions.

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